No, this isn’t another story from The Onion. It is the finding of a serious new poll by Rassmussen Reports, one of the country’s top pollsters, who was exceedingly accurate in this election. So, as I wrote two weeks ago, we may yet see Palin In 2012: Backed by Big Oil.
Ninety-one percent (91%) of Republicans have a favorable view of Palin, including 65% who say their view is Very Favorable. Only eight percent (8%) have an unfavorable view of her, including three percent (3%) Very Unfavorable.
When asked to choose among some of the GOP’s top names for their choice for the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, 64% say Palin. The next closest contenders are two former governors and unsuccessful challengers for the presidential nomination this year — Mike Huckabee of Arkansas with 12% support and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts with 11%.
Three other sitting governors — Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Charlie Crist of Florida and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota — all pull low single-digit support.
Hard to believe GOP voters could be so out of touch with reality. Then again, maybe it isn’t that hard to believe. They voted for Bush — twice! — after all. And only 42% of Republicans believe “the effects of global warming have already begun” (see “The Deniers are winning, but only with the GOP“).
Here’s more amazing news from Rasmussen:
These findings echo a survey earlier this week which found that Republicans were happier with their vice presidential candidate than with their presidential nominee. Seventy-one percent (71%) said McCain made the right choice by picking Palin as his running mate, while only 65% said the party picked the right nominee for president.
The key for the 44-year-old Palin will be whether she can broaden her base of support. An Election Day survey found that 81% of Democrats and, more importantly, 57% of unaffiliated voters had an unfavorable view of her.
Good luck with that broadening effort. According to a NYT poll right before the election, “8 in 10 Democrats viewed her as unprepared, as well as more than 6 in 10 independents.” And exit polls found that “sixty percent of those polled said the Alaska governor is not qualified to be president if necessary.”
I suppose progressives should hope that she runs and wins the 2012 GOP nomination, as it may be the best chance for a 1964-style Democratic landslide. But ultimately I can’t really wish for another global warming denier, anti-renewable GOP nominee.
- McCain VP Palin is a global-warming-denying, polar-bear-dissing, Pat Buchanan acolyte
- Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor [Palin]
- Palin’s axis of evil animals: Beluga whales join polar bears and wolf cubs
- Palin does not even know basics of Alaska energy
- Palin in debate STILL gets global warming backwards and repeats Big Energy Lie twice
- Palin on CBS: “I’m not going to solely blame all of man’s activities on changes in climate.” Seriously.
- Sarah Palin is the fungible candidate